There was a time when I really didn't understand what the big deal was about blogging. I had heard about it in relation to educational practice but was quite content in the way I was learning and honing my craft. I was attending traditional Pro D sessions and increasing my face-to-face network whenever possible. And then I started to use Twitter and other social media tools as a way to connect and share with others and my own learning exploded exponentially. But I still was unsure about what role blogging played in the professional learning network reality that I was discover and embracing.
- Reflection: Blogging allows me to question and reflect about my own practice. Our roles in learning for students is dynamic and hard. We all go home and spend countless hours thinking about our practice. Blogging allows me to "see" those insights and confusions as part of the reflection process.
- Connection: Blogging allows me to connect with other people who are reflecting and questioning the same kinds of things I am. In putting my thoughts and ideas down and sharing them with others, I quickly discover I am not alone.
- Conversation: One of the things I enjoy most about blogging is the conversations it creates. Whether it is through comments on the post, Twitter chats or parking lot banter, I love to talk about learning and how to make it best for kids and adults. Blogging for me is a spring board for those rich and deep conversations.
- Passion: I am a passionate educator. I put who I am into what I do everyday. My own blogging as well as engaging in other educational blogs really fuels that passion. I like that whenever I want to share or connect with something related to learning, I have great blogs at my fingertips as well as my own.
- Humility: Being a part of the edu-blogging community allows me to remain humble. The level of intelligence and depth from the blogs I engage in keeps me learning constantly. Even when I think I have figured out a particular problem or idea, reading a blog causes me to continue questioning and learning.
- Accountability: I find that blogging is a great way to hold my own feet to the fire. It is one thing to talk about your beliefs and philosophies about learning, but it is a whole new level to share it with a broader audience. I want my beliefs about students, learning, education, etc to guide my daily interactions with kids, parents and educators. Being a part of the edu-blogging world goes a long way to accomplishing that goal.
But I know blogging isn't for everyone. I get that. It takes a lot of courage to put yourself out there. At least that's how I felt ... anxious, scared, vulnerable. I was like that little girl at the top of the hill, talking myself into hitting send. But once we take that first little nudge down the hill, the feeling at the end is well worth it!
If you currently blog, I would love to know why you choose to do so. And if you haven't made that leap, what is holding you back? And if you are thinking about starting, join the #blogamonth 2014 New Years Resolution.